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How To Keep Taking Steps Forward (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

 

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Lately, I’ve had to dig deep (and I mean real deep) to keep pushing and take care of the things I need to handle.

On Saturday, after breakfast, I had to motivate and pump myself up for two hours before I dragged myself into my office and sat down to finally tackle my taxes.

On Sunday, I pushed through the voice of the Chief Negativity Officer in my mind that works tirelessly to fan the flames of my fears and doubts that things will not work out.

Yesterday, I pushed through the feeling of being so behind with work that I might as well let some things go because I was never going to get it all done.

Have you ever noticed how sometimes we have to push through and do things we don’t feel like doing?

Well, I’ve been thinking about this a lot since it doesn’t seem like resistance, doubts, or the Chief Negativity Officer are going away anytime soon.

And here are three things things I took away from all of these experiences:

1. Resistance sucks.

2. Doubts are just as terrible.

3. And when our Chief Negativity Officer gets triggered, it can really go crazy.

But, I also have to say, there really is grace underneath it all.

Every single time we dig deep and overcome something we thought was too hard, or would take too long, or would never happen… something in us changes for the better.

We get stronger and build our faith with each experience.

We grow in all the ways we need and gain more clarity about who we are, what’s most important to us and how to keep building the life we really want.

So, in case you’re looking for a quick reminder, I’m going to pass along the same message I’ve been telling myself lately …

Dig deep today if you must, but make sure to take at least one step forward. So many more good things are on the other side of what you’re pushing through.

xoxo,
Sibyl

An Interesting Fact About Happiness

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Here’s an interesting little fact…

According to a recent study, many 70 year olds are happier than 30 year olds.

Why?

Well, the study explained that older people have a greater appreciation for the little things in life. Older people also have found more appreciation for who they are – their strengths, weaknesses and everything they’ve been through.

So, what’s the takeaway message? [Read more…]

Finding Clarity: When You Don’t Know What Else You Can Do

Anythingyoucan'tcontrol(1200628)Have you ever had a time when you’ve been trying so hard but something really important to you still hasn’t worked out? What you’ve been hoping for hasn’t fallen into place like you wanted.

Maybe you’re even unsure about your best steps forward because it’s not like you haven’t been trying everything. You’ve been patient and open and willing and trying and believing, but it doesn’t seem to matter because it’s not working.

So, what do you do? You can’t just give up. You’ve got to figure something out. What’s the best path forward?

I asked myself this exact question the other day. Even though I’ve been in situations like this before that are filled with uncertainty, I always seem to reach the point when I need a reminder of the best path forward.

You’ve got to control the things you’re meant to and trust the things you’re not able to control, I reminded myself the other day.

Achieving The Ideal Balance

There’s a balance we’re meant to strike because it’s not always about resigning to situations and deciding there’s nothing you can do. But, it’s also not about trying to control everything or thinking things need to happen the way you expect or on your timeline.

Instead it’s about achieving an ideal balance. You live from your Extraordinary Side, or Higher Self, each day so you can best work through whatever situation or circumstances you’re confronted with.

On some days that means it’s time to take another step forward and find your way through the latest challenge.

On other days, it means you accept there’s nothing more you can do because you’ve already done all you could. On these days, you’re being asked to let go and trust that whatever is happening is somehow or someway leading you exactly where you need to be (even if it’s not what you wanted).

You live each day according to the wisdom of one of the most profound and timeless truths…

Accept the things you cannot change
Have the courage to change the things you can
And the wisdom to know the difference

Your state of mind becomes more peaceful, faithful, patient and wise. You are living each day as your Extraordinary Side and that changes everything … including helping to resolve the situation and your problems.

It may not always be the way you thought or exactly the way you wanted, but it’s the way it needs to be. It’s perfect for you. It’s the beautiful unfolding of your life that you can trust and it’s leading you exactly where you need to be. It’s like another one of my favorite quotes reminds us …

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ― Eckhart Tolle

3 Important Things To Remember:

1. Set Yourself Up Every Morning To Have A Mindful Day: Get up a little earlier and give yourself extra time (1 – 2 hrs.) to relax, meditate, do yoga, exercise or anything else that settles your mind. Yes, challenges happen and life gets difficult at times, but problems are always less complicated when your mind isn’t amplifying problems, doubts or fears.

Remember that your mindset during the day and your thoughts about the situation determine how you feel and also play a vital role in how and when situations settle and fall into place.

If you’re filled with doubts, stuck in a negative thinking pattern, complaining, always seeing the glass half empty, stressed, etc. then you’re not trusting and working with the present moment.

Overdo the relaxation time and spend as much time as you can settling your mind and staying centered in your Extraordinary Side. It helps tremendously.

2. Get Rid Of Disappointment By Reminding Yourself of The Truth: A lot of times when we’re waiting for things to fall into place, we want answers and resolutions as quickly as possible. But, those expectations are exactly what feed the negative patterns of anxiety, stress, and worry.

The reality is that most situations don’t get resolved overnight and a lot of times they don’t get resolved quickly. Don’t get upset or assume things will not work out because another challenge comes up or it’s taking a while for things to get resolved. Whatever is happening is helping you get exactly where you need to be, even the challenges. So, remind yourself of this throughout the day because it’s easy to forget.

3. Get Your Mind Out Of The Way & Take It One Step At A Time. No overthinking, focusing on worse case scenarios, or being angry or upset about the situation you’re in. During the day, catch yourself every time you notice you’re focusing on the wrong things. Do the work that is necessary to pull your mind out of its dysfunctional patterns. When you consistently do this, you’re able to see your best steps forward, more clarity comes and the bumpy ride smoothes out.

Live Today Better Than Yesterday.

20 Things To “Let Go” So You Can Get What You Want & Deserve

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Have you ever had the same lesson come up in your life over and over again? So much so that no matter how much you don’t like to admit it, you can’t help but see it. Well, for me, that lesson is “Let go”.

Last night, I literally said to myself “Just let go Sibyl. You know it’s time.”

The lesson to “let go” of things you know aren’t right for you can creep up in so many different areas of your life – work, friendships, relationships, bad habits, etc.

I always eventually see the light, but a lot of times I’m too slow “letting go”, even when I know something is not right for me.

It’s easy to stay stuck doing what you’ve been doing. A lot of times it’s the simplest and most straight forward path. We make excuses to not “let go”. We come up with rationales and convince ourselves our reasoning is sound … but deep down you know better. [Read more…]